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Dem Rep. Khanna: I Don't Understand Why We Don't Have A Ban On Exporting Oil

Fri, 07/08/2022 - 04:32
Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) criticized the Biden administration's approach to rising gas prices and said he does not understand why there is not a ban on exports in an interview Thursday on FOX News. Khanna said it is ironic that President Biden will be "begging" the Saudis for oil while we're exporting our own oil. "On oil, I don't understand why we aren't having a ban on exports," Khanna said. "I do think we have to be more aggressive. I've called for buying at the dips and then selling it back to the American public at a low price. I realized a few days later that Warren Buffett, he's buying at the dips, except he's not selling it back to the American public." "I do think we have to be doing more," Khanna said. "People in my district, they're talking to me about gas prices, they're talking to me about higher food prices, they're talking to me about the airlines getting canceled. People are not being able to get places. Those are the issues front and center." "When you're a member of Congress, you're in coffee shops and you meet folks and that's what is on people's minds and we have to make that the priority," he said. "Look at the irony, we're going and begging Saudi Arabia for oil while we're exporting our own oil around the world. I mean, it makes no sense. And the Saudis are going to play us," he said. "I have no confidence that the Saudis are going to do something that's actually going to bring prices down in this country."

Doocy to WH's Jean-Pierre: Does Biden Support Replacing The Word Mother With "Birthing Parent?"

Fri, 07/08/2022 - 04:12
FOX News White House correspondent Peter Doocy asked White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Thursday if President Biden supports a National Education Association (NEA) proposal to change the word mother to "birthing person." QUESTION: Ok, and just a different topic. The largest labor union in the country, the National Education Association, had been proposing a resolution for future contracts to replace the word mother with birthing parent. What does the president think about proposals like that one? So, we're not the NEA, and I would refer you to their team about that particular specific. The vice president just spoke at that conference, though. The first lady's a teacher. The president says he's the most pro labor president -- KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: Yeah, she's a member of -- she's QUESTION: Ever. KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: Absolutely. QUESTION: Doe he support proposals like that one? Does he think that that's a -- an important priority for -- KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: And the first lady's a proud member of the NEA. I am not going to speak about a -- an organization's policy or change of policy. I am not their spokesperson, not something that I'm going to do. Yes, the vice president was there on Tuesday. She spoke at NEA. And when they did -- when they did regular order, when they did their regular business, she left. So, she was also not part of that discussion. Look, this is a policy change. That is not something that I -- I can speak to. I refer you to NEA. Go ahead.

WH's Karine Jean-Pierre: "We Are Stronger Economically Than We Have Been In History"

Fri, 07/08/2022 - 00:11
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the U.S. is "stronger economically" now ever before at Thursday's briefing when asked about the unpopularity of President Biden's proposals. You may recall in June, Jean-Pierre declared the economy is in a better place than it has been historically. "I don't think it's that our plan is not popular with the American people," Jean-Pierre said. "We know that the American people are feeling the high cost. We understand what they are feeling, because -- because when you look at inflation, when we look at where we are economically, and we are in a strong -- we are stronger economically than we have been in history."

WH's Jean-Pierre: Ultra MAGA "Trying To Take Away The Rights Of The American People"

Fri, 07/08/2022 - 00:05
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre warned "Ultra MAGA" Republicans are trying to take away the rights of the American people when asked about affirmative action at Thursday's news briefing. "Americans have to make sure that they take their voices to the ballot box," Jean-Pierre said. "That is the way that we are going to be able to -- to fight back in a way that's effective, in a way that's going to make a difference. We have Republicans who are doing extremes. The president calls them ultra MAGA. They are part of the ultra MAGA wing who are trying to take away the rights of the American people." APRIL RYAN, REPORTER: And -- and two other questions on two other subjects really fast. As you talked about and as we're still reeling and trying to figure out still what happens after Roe v Wade and states, etc, effort to overturn Roe v Wade, in October a case is supposed to be before the Supreme Court on affirmative action when it comes to education admittance -- admittance on race. And there is a thought that it could be overturned with the way this court has been overturning longstanding action cases. What is the White House's thought on this? And is there a plan -- are you preparing for this as many law organizations are preparing amicus briefs, friend of court briefs, in favor of keeping these admittance -- racial admittance procedures? KARINE JEAN-PIERRE, WHITE HOUSE: So, April, the president has been very clear about these extreme decisions that the Supreme Court has been making, not just on Roe, but EPA and others, decisions that have come down most recently. This is another one that you're talking about in -- in October. Look, the president has been also clear is that we have to take action. We -- that, you know, Americans have to make sure that they take their voices to the ballot box. That is the way that we are going to be able to -- to fight back in a way that's effective, in a way that's going to make a difference. We have Republicans who are doing extremes. The president calls them ultra MAGA. They are part of the ultra MAGA wing who are trying to take away the rights of the American people. That's what they're trying to do. And so, we have to do everything that we can, American public has to do everything that they can to make sure that their voices are heard at the ballot box. And that's what the president's going to continue to speak to and that's what the president is asking for people to do.

Singer Macy Gray Backtracks Comments That Surgery Can't Make You A Woman: Being A Woman Is A "Vibe"

Thu, 07/07/2022 - 23:08
Singer Macy Gray apologized on Thursday for telling Piers Morgan in an interview that you can't become a woman just because you got surgery. In an interview with 'TODAY' co-host Hoda Kotb, Gray said apologized it was a "huge learning experience" after she said "You're whoever who you believe you are and no one can dictate that and take that away," Gray said. "I think life is an education process," Hoda Kotb said. "The more you sit with people, the more you talk to people it changes your perspective." "Has your perspective changed?" the 'TODAY' host asked. I've learned so much and being a woman is a vibe and it is something I'm very proud of," Gray said. "It's very precious to me," Gray continued. "I think that if you in your heart feel that's what you are then that's what you are. Regardless of what anybody says or thinks." "I've learned a lot, absolutely, and I'm glad I did," Gray added.

Rep. Cori Bush: It's Racist To Not Have Taxpayers Fund Abortions

Thu, 07/07/2022 - 22:50
Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO), the Congresswoman who coined the term "birthing person," speaks out against the Hyde amendment, calling it "racist" and "draconian" not to have taxpayers fund abortions.

Doocy to Jean-Pierre: 88% Of Americans Believe We're On Wrong Track, Is It Possible That Biden's Plan Just Is Not Popular?

Thu, 07/07/2022 - 22:46
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre is asked by FNC correspondent Peter Doocy at Thursday's press briefing why they believe President Biden's policies are not popular with the American people. "Your plan is popular with the American people, is it just that the plans are not being communicated properly? And is that why the communications director is leaving?" Doocy asked. From Thursday's briefing: QUESTION: Thanks, Karine. Why do you think it is that 88 percent of people in this country polled by Monmouth think the country is on the wrong track? KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: So, I'll say this. The president understands what the American people are going through. He understands that gas prices are high because of Putin's tax hike, because of the war that Putin -- the brutal war that Putin has taken on in -- in Ukraine and their brave fight to fight for their democracy. That's what we're seeing here, and also the food insecurity. The food cost has skyrocketed. And that's why the president has done everything that he can to blunt those high prices. That's why he's tapped into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. We saw a historic amount of -- of barrels coming out a day, one million a day. That's why he -- he is doing the by -- the home -- the homegrown biofuels, the ethanol 15, making that available this summer, which is not normally available in the summer, so that we can try and bring down those cost. And that's why he's going to continue to work to make sure we lower those costs. Look, again, we understand what the American people are feeling. We're doing everything that we can. We have a plan. Here's the thing. We have a plan. Republicans do not have a plan. What they want to do is take away rights from the American people. QUESTION: But do you think it's possible that your plan just is not popular with the American people right now? KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: I don't think it's that our plan is not popular with the American people. We know that the American people are feeling the high cost. We understand what they are feeling, because -- because when you look at inflation, when we look at where we are economically, and we are in a strong -- we are stronger economically than we have been in history. When you look at the unemployment numbers at 3.6 percent, when you look at the jobs numbers, more than 8.7 million of -- of new jobs created, that is important. But we understand that gas prices are high and we understand that food costs are high. And that is because of a once -- a once in a generation pandemic and also Putin's war. And that's just the facts. QUESTION: So, if you think that the -- your plan is popular with the American people, is it just that the plans are not being communicated properly? And is that why the communications director is leaving? KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: Oh, that's where you're going with this question. No, that's very slick there of you, Peter. [Laughter] QUESTION: Well, why -- why is she really leaving? KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: I mean, well -- well, she -- she said why she is leaving. Look, let me just say something. QUESTION: No. But -- but is it -- is it -- KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: Wait, wait. No, no, no, no. You're asking me -- QUESTION: When it's at a time that a historic number of people think the country's on the wrong track, somebody who has been a part of Biden world for as long as just about anybody here says that she is leaving. KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: Well, first let me just say -- I explained that we understand what the American public is feeling. The president is doing everything in his power to lower costs, to blunt gas prices as he has been doing. And we have -- QUESTION: Then why make a change? KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: We have done that. So, I just want to speak about Kate for a second, because I think this is really important. I've known Kate since 2007. She is a friend and she is a colleague. She is exceptionally talented and she will be greatly missed. Her smart skills and hard work helped get the president elected and has helped us accomplished so much since we've been here. And like I said, on a personal note, she's a good friend and a colleague and we are going to miss her. Now, you're asking me -- basically you're asking me her leaving and what does that mean, right, to -- to the --

Tucker Carlson vs. Ben Smith: 100% Of The People I'm Mad At Are Well-Educated White Liberals

Thu, 07/07/2022 - 21:55
FOX News host Tucker Carlson lambasted former BuzzFeed and New York Times scribe Ben Smith in an interview on Thursday at a pre-launch event for Smith's forthcoming news service Semafor. Smith accused Carlson of using his program to promote ideas such as the "replacement theory" to attract white supremacist viewers. "This is why you're considered a propagandist and not a journalist," Carlson told Smith. "If you were to look at my texts or listen to my personal conversations or read my mind, you would find no instance where I'm mad at black people. 100% of the people that I'm mad at are well-educated white liberals. In my mind, the sort of archetype of the person I don't like is like a 38-year-old female white lawyer with a barren personal life. That's who yells at me on airplanes," Carlson said. "I believe that people are not defined by their race, any race," the TV host said. "Black, white, Asian - pick a race. People are defined, their value derives from A) the fact that they were created by God - I believe that, maybe you don't, I do - and B) by what they do, by the choices they make, by who they are. They have agency. They're not part of some larger group; they're individuals. I believe in the individual, and I say that virtually every night. Now, if you don't hear that, or if you for whatever reason want to claim that I'm some racist, I don't know what to say to you. I'm stating my sincere views as stated in my personal and in my professional life as clearly as I can." BEN SMITH: I think the, you know, the language of replacement theory, which you popularized. The language of replacement theory is specifically the language used by neo-Nazis to recruit people to their cause. It has been - obviously, I'm not suggesting some straight line between words and actions, but it is a phrase that has been used by mass shooters. I wonder, you don't have any compunction or regret for popularizing that? CARLSON: This is why you are considered, correctly, a propagandist and not a journalist because I just explained in detail with total sincerity what I believe. You ignored it and invoked mass shooters. This is revealing how ridiculous you are, and I think it's evident to any fair person watching.

WATCH: Former New York Times journalist spends 10 minutes trying to call Tucker Carlson a racist.

It doesn't go well.

- (@townhallcom) July 7, 2022

Watch Live: WH Press Briefing With Karine Jean-Pierre

Thu, 07/07/2022 - 18:42
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre will brief reporters around 3:00 p.m. on Thursday.

Has The Constitutional Right to Bear Arms Outlived Its Usefulness? Intelligence Squared Debate

Thu, 07/07/2022 - 15:40
This debate from Intelligence Squared took place in 2013: "A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed." -2nd Amendment Recent mass shooting tragedies have renewed the national debate over the 2nd Amendment. Gun ownership and homicide rates are higher in the U.S. than in any other developed nation, but gun violence has decreased over the last two decades even as gun ownership may be increasing. Over 200 years have passed since James Madison introduced the Bill of Rights, the country has changed, and so have it guns. Is the right to bear arms now at odds with the common good, or is it as necessary today as it was in 1789?

Can Humans Adapt to Climate Change? Intelligence Squared Debate

Thu, 07/07/2022 - 15:38
The dangers of climate change are no longer over the horizon. Humanity may soon pass the point of no return. These are the phrases U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres used to describe what he called an utterly inadequate global response to rising temperatures. In fact, world leaders and environmental advocates have long demanded structural overhauls to the way we consume and produce. Standing in the way, Guterres noted, is a sheer lack of will. But if we were to decisively act, and restructure our global economy with the climate in mind, who would shoulder the burden? Is it actually feasible? Assuming finite resources, where does climate change rank in the pecking order of global problems? Or should our collective focus orient more toward humans' capacity for adaptation? In this timely debate, Intelligence Squared and the Richmond Forum convene four leading global thinkers on climate science, geopolitics, and international economics to take on this question: Can humans adapt to climate change? This debate took place in front of a live audience in partnership with the Richmond Forum on April 30, 2022.

The War for Foreign Policy in Ohio and Pennsylvania

Thu, 07/07/2022 - 15:28

Curt Mills and Will Ruger are joined by Saurabh Sharma, president of American Moment and Charles McElwee, editor of RealClearPennsylvania, to discuss the foreign policy debates that went on last month in the campaigns in the Buckeye and Keystone states. The group also addresses the ongoing foreign policy fissures within the GOP as the party licks its chops for a red wave in November, while regrouping for 2024.

GOP Rep. Biggs: Calling Border Crisis an "Invasion" a "Constitutional Term" That Allows A State To Defend Itself

Thu, 07/07/2022 - 15:01
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) talked about why border states should declare the crisis at the border as an invasion: "It's a constitutional term that allows the state to defend itself from an invasion. A lot of people say well that's not a state, but it's implied in there that it could be a non-state actor James Madison talked about. So you are being invaded right now, so you have terrorists coming across, you got criminals coming across, you got fentanyl and other dangerous drugs that are pouring into the country that are causing tens of thousands of deaths. You got people coming from all over the world we don't know who they are, so that's an invasion. What that will allow the state to do is to engage in resources to close off between the ports of entry and divert those individuals to where they should come if they are going to claim asylum which is at a port of entry."

Former USA Today Editor Demoted For Tweet: Young Woke Journalists Are Running Newsrooms

Thu, 07/07/2022 - 14:35
Former USA Today editor David Mastio was on 'Tucker Carlson Tonight' to discuss the current state of many newsrooms and the political makeup of them: "What we have now is a group of young woke journalists who think that censorship and speech codes are normal are now in charge in our newsroom. The call themselves the diversity committee and the executives run in fear from their tantrums."

Sky News Host: Dutch Government Has Been "Penetrated By Globalist Activists From The World Economic Forum"

Thu, 07/07/2022 - 14:26
Sky News host Rowan Dean says the Netherlands seems to be sliding into dictatorship under Prime Minister Mark Rutte as its national government has been "penetrated by globalist activists from the World Economic Forum". "Currently the Dutch government is embarked upon insane efforts to slash greenhouse gases and reduce the amount of nitrogen ammonia in the soil by 30 to 70 per cent by 2030," Mr Dean said.

The RealClearPolitics Takeaway: A Tale of Two Latinas - Reps. Flores And Ocasio-Cortez

Thu, 07/07/2022 - 14:20
On today's RealClearPolitics Takeaway podcast, RCP co-founder and president Tom Bevan and Washington bureau chief Carl Cannon discuss the different reception from the press received by two Latina representatives: Mayra Flores, Republican of Texas and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York.

Glenn Greenwald: Pushing Corporations To Be Ideological And Partisan To One Side Is The Literal Definition Of Fascism

Thu, 07/07/2022 - 14:10
Megyn Kelly is joined by journalist, author, and lawyer Glenn Greenwald to speak about the dangers of mixing politics and commerce, how society leans heavily on the political views of others: "For decades it was a staple of the liberal left that corporations have too much power in the United States. The idea of opposing especially the political power that corporations wield through things like donations and lobbyists was foundational to all kinds of liberal politics. And now suddenly ever since, I think you could really trace it back to George Floyd, but even kind of before that with a lot of LGBT issues and the like, what has happened is as a result of Democrats becoming the party of the affluent, which is the dirty little secret of our politics, that Joe Biden didn't win because minorities rose up and voted for him in record number to eject the white nationalists from the presidency. Quite the opposite happened, Trump attracted more Latino voters and African-American voters, Asian voters than any Republican in a decade. Whereas Biden won because affluent white suburbanites voted for him, who had for a long time voted Republican. As affluent people become more and more liberal, corporations feel more and more comfortable espousing liberal political ideals whereas they used to be steadfastly neutral. Seeing that liberals are increasingly calling for corporations to throw their weight around when it comes to the Democratic process. The way that they demanded that Disney, for example, get involved in the enactment of that law in Florida that was enacted by a democratically constituted state legislature and then signed into law by the democratically elected governor about what second graders and under can be taught about gender ideology. Demanding that Disney did not denounce this is a constant refrain now, Corporations which we always wanted to make sure that their power, their corporate power, was confined to just doing what was in their business self-interest are now suddenly supposed to be ideological and partisan actors on the side of one side. That's incredibly dangerous that's called, you could call it the literal definition of fascism, when corporate and state power start to create a union, but at the very least that's called oligarchy."

Tucker Carlson: Biden Should Be Impeached For Damaging U.S. Energy Independence, Selling Oil Reserves To China

Thu, 07/07/2022 - 13:38
Opening monologue from 'Tucker Carlson Tonight' aired on July 6, 2022: TUCKER CARLSON: Just a quick recap on the never-changing rules of the world. The three things that any functioning country must have an ample supply of are food, water and energy. Those are the fundamental necessities of life- not diversity, equity and inclusion - food, water and energy. If you have a surplus of food, water and energy, you win. If you don't, you lose. Now, that may sound unfair, but we did not make the rules. Nature did. We can choose to ignore them, but those rules will never change. Sorry. Thankfully for Americans, we live in a country that is remarkably abundant in all three of those things. The U.S. has the most fertile farmland in the world. We've got more potable, fresh water than virtually any other place and critically and rarest of all, America has the largest recoverable oil reserves on the planet. We are number one in that category and that matters maybe more than anything. Now, they may be telling you on CNN that so-called renewable energy, windmills and solar panels, are about to power the world. But that's absurd and no one corrects them and somebody should because a lot is at stake. If your nine-year-old starts telling you, "I'm like Superman," you have to correct him before he jumps off the garage. The stakes are high, so it is incumbent on the rest of us to point out the people telling you that have no idea what they're talking about. We are not remotely close to a green energy power grid or anything even approaching it. In fact, as of today, the world is powered as it has long been by fossil fuels. Fossil fuels. That's where more than 80% of global energy comes from, not from windmills and solar panels, from oil and gas and coal and that is not going to change soon. In fact, the world's fastest growing economies, that would be India and China, are using more fossil fuels than ever, not less. So, why is every person in charge from the people who make the ads at Nike to the energy secretary, to the President of the United States, to every anchor on every channel on television telling you exactly the opposite? We'll give them the benefit of the doubt. At best, they're ignorant. They're not engineers. They are politicians and ideologues. They're the ones telling you that boys can become girls just by wishing it so, and they've commanded the rest of us to believe that, but unfortunately for them, the principles of social justice do not apply to power grids. You can't just rename them and get something different. No. You have to create new and better power grids and we are nowhere near that and we will not be anywhere near that during the course of our lifetimes. Sorry, that's reality, and you cannot yell loud enough to make it change. For the foreseeable future oil and gas are essential to civilization in an utterly non-negotiable way and that should be great news for America because here in the United States, we have a lot. We are rich because we are rich in natural resources. That's why we won the Second World War, for example. When previous generations said, as they often did, that God has blessed our country, this is what they were talking about. Yet suddenly, strangely, the United States is suddenly experiencing shortages of both food and energy and that's why prices of these things have risen, because we don't have enough of them. How did that happen? You should know if you care about the future of America, your children's future, you need to know how this happened. Well, Joe Biden offered his explanation of how it happened today at an event in Ohio. Watch. PRESIDENT BIDEN: We made incredible progress on the economy from where we were a year and a half ago. We've got a long way to go because of inflation, because of the, I call it the Putin tax increase. Putin because of gasoline and all that grain he is keep him from being able to get to the market. It's just embarrassing. It's grotesque, actually, and at this point is dangerous and no one believes a word of it because it's provably untrue and we feel, since this is a news network, a moral responsibility to prove that it's untrue. So, here we go. Months before the war in Ukraine began and somehow Vladimir Putin secretly seized control of gas prices in the United States. How did he do that? Before any of that happened, the magic happened. Sober people, a petroleum analysis firm called GasBuddy, decided to do a simple calculation. They wanted to put rising gas prices in context. Here's what they did: math. They determined every year over year price change in gasoline prices in the United States going back to 2002, 20 years, and they found this. From November of 2020 to November of 2021, that would be roughly from Election Day to the end of Joe Biden's first year running the country, gas prices in the United States went up by more than 66%. That was the single highest year-over-year increase since 2002, which happens to be the year the government started tracking those data. Now, this happened before Russia invaded Ukraine. Why did it happen? Super simple. Joe Biden on the campaign trail told us he was like Superman, and then he proceeded to jump off the garage. He told us he was going to end fossil fuels and because no one took him seriously, because he's senile and wasn't actually going to win, no one followed up with, "What, are you insane? How are you going to do that? And so we kept going and then he became president somehow and then he followed through on that promise. He canceled pipelines. He terminated oil and gas leases. He rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement without explaining why we should and by the way, if the climate is such a crisis, an existential crisis, and China and India are using more fossil fuels than they did 10 years ago, and nobody says anything about it, maybe they're not really sincere about this global warming thing and then on top of all of that, Joe Biden pumped trillions more dollars into the U.S. economy, thereby devaluing the U.S. dollar and making everything, including energy, more expensive. You know what happened. That's all true and it was done on purpose. It was done to change our energy supply from what is cheap, efficient and the source of all of our wealth to something that Biden and his donors control, the green economy that will make us poor and that is, in fact, causing famine around the world right now. So, that's what happened. As a political matter, since this is still sort of a democracy, it happened way too fast and scared the hell out of people and polls showed that. Democrats and Republicans, no matter who they voted for, were worried above all about rising energy prices because it hurt them directly every single day. And by the time Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, the Biden administration had found a scapegoat. Maybe that's why they encouraged him to do it in the first place, which they did. So, Joe Biden started yelling, "It's Putin's price hike. Putin did it!" But it's so dumb. It's so provably untrue that no one believed it. Even people who wanted to believe it, people who voted for Biden who want windmills and solar farms, they couldn't believe it because it's absurd and in an election year, that's a huge problem. So, the administration had to do something. That's why in late March, in an act of desperation, Biden did maybe the worst thing that he has done since becoming president and that's saying a lot. He started to sell off one of this country's most important natural resources, one of our most valuable assets. It's called the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, the SPR. It's controlled by the Department of Energy. So, what Biden could have done is produce more oil domestically, but that would have been too easy and too good for the United States and its long-term interests. Instead, he decided to do something so crazy and so dangerous that only someone who was intentionally trying to harm the United States would even consider it, but most people never even noticed. Here's his announcement, in case you missed it. BIDEN: Today, I want to talk about one aspect of Putin's war that affects and has real effects on the American people. Putin's price hike that Americans and our allies are feeling at the pump. I know how much it hurts. Our prices are rising because of Putin's actions. There isn't enough supply and the bottom line is, if we want lower gas prices, we need to have more oil supply right now. Today, I'm authorized the release of 1 million barrels per day for the next six months, over 180 million barrels for the strategic, from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. This is a wartime bridge to increase oil supply until production ramps up later this year and it is by far the largest release of our net, our national reserve in our history. So, you watch it and you realize really the whole point of the Joe Biden presidency is to humiliate the rest of us and think less of our own country, the place where we were born. You can just imagine Barack Obama and Susan Rice and Ron Klain, people who truly dislike the United States as currently constituted, saying, "Let's make this guy president. That'll grind it in our face, a guy who can barely talk." So, it's hard to hear anything Joe Biden says because it's hard for him to say anything, but if you listen carefully or read a transcript, you will learn what he just said is we're releasing a million barrels per day for a total of more than 180 million barrels from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, which is held in caverns in a couple of states. How much is that? It's a staggering figure. So, let's put it in context. The reserve can hold more than 700 million barrels total, but it didn't have that because Congress, by the way, as you haven't been paying attention, has been selling off our Strategic Petroleum Reserve to pay off debt. So, by the time Joe Biden arrived, there was far less than that. There was about 568 million barrels of oil in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Now, no president in American history has ordered a drawdown this large. In 1991, the beginning of Operation Desert Storm, which was an actual war with real American soldiers involved, the U.S. government released 17 million barrels of oil as a way of assuring a stable supply of global crude. The U.S. released just 20 million barrels after Hurricane Katrina destroyed parts of the Gulf Coast where so many refineries are. But now we're releasing many times that figure from the reserve all to protect the Democratic Party from getting what it deserves in the midterm elections in November and as a result of that unbelievably reckless, in fact criminal decision, our oil reserves now at their lowest level in nearly 40 years, and they are dropping fast. None of this needed to happen. There was no reason to tap our Strategic Petroleum Reserve when we could produce the energy here and were in fact producing it until Joe Biden took office. But at the same time, you have to be honest. Principles of supply and demand would suggest that this would work in the short term. Releasing all this oil should have lowered gas prices until the reserve ran out, which it will. You inject more petroleum into the market and prices for gas should drop, but here's the amazing thing. That's not happening. Since Joe Biden started releasing all this oil from our reserves, which he does not own, you do, we do, what has happened to gas prices? They haven't dropped. They've kept going up. Huh? In mid-June, the price of both regular unleaded and diesel critically hit all-time highs, well over five bucks a gallon nationally. How could this be? It really was a mystery. It violated the most basic rules of economics, but now, thanks to a new report in Reuters, we know why. It turns out the oil being released isn't for us. It's going to India and China. According to Reuters, and we're quoting, "more than 5 million barrels of oil that were part of a historic U.S. emergency reserve released to lower domestic fuel prices were exported to Europe and Asia last month." The piece continues "cargo of SPR, crude (oil from our reserves) we're also headed to the Netherlands into a Reliance refinery in India, an industry source said. A third cargo (buckle your seatbelt) headed to China." To China! So, as gas prices set records in this country, as American citizens who were born here and vote and pay taxes cannot afford to fuel their own cars, the Biden administration is selling off our emergency oil reserves to China. That's not an indictable offense? It's certainly an impeachable one and they should impeach him for that. What are they going to sell the Redwood Forest to China next? How about the water rights to the Great Lakes? That's the equivalent of what he just did. Now, if you're keeping track, they didn't even need it. China and India already have access to very cheap oil from Russia. Why? Thanks to the Biden administration's lunatic ban on Russian oil imports for moral reasons. It was a moral victory. The people of Ukraine, remember that? Zelenskyy, he was George Washington, said George W Bush who wouldn't know George Washington if he got in the shower with him. According to customs data, China spent $19 billion on Russia oil, gas and coal earlier this year. That's double the amount they spent over the same period last year. India spent 5 billion on Russian oil. That's up five times what they spent a year ago. So, we just made Russia a ton of money. What's why the ruble is so strong as the dollar is getting weaker. Russia's raked in $13 billion in additional revenue from India and China compared to the same period last year. Following all this? This is how we're punishing our enemies by selling off our own most valuable assets and watching Russia and India and, my God, China get richer? Now, on top of all that cheap Russian oil, China is getting petroleum from our emergency petroleum reserves. The crude, by the way, in the SPR is the best crude we have. It's called medium sour crude. It's the easiest to process, and we're giving it away to a government whose whole goal is to displace us on the global stage and crush us. The Chinese will be cruel masters when they run the world. They're not like us at all. By the way, that country, China, also happens to be longtime business partner of the Biden family. Now a functioning Congress would investigate this immediately. The last president was impeached for what? Having a phone call with some corrupt Ukrainian politician. But no, they can't be bothered. They're still yelping about "January 6 was an insurrection." They're trying to ban your hunting rifle. So, the White House is able to ignore the whole thing. Here's Joe Biden's glass ceiling-breaking publicist just yesterday. REPORTER: There's a Reuters report out this morning that says that more than 5 million barrels of oil that were released from the emergency oil reserves were exported to Europe and Asia last month and some of it reportedly was actually heading to China. Is the administration aware of those reports? And, you know, does the president mind that some of this oil, that was meant to ease the pain for consumers is headed overseas? KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: I have not seen that report. So, I would honestly have to go look into it and see what the truth is in that statement that you just laid out and see exactly what's happening. I just have not seen that report. How can someone that dumb be that arrogant or is there actually a connection between dumbness and arrogance? Probably so. But if someone asks you in the White House briefing, "Oh, by the way, is the U.S. government selling our Strategic Petroleum Reserve to our main enemy in the middle of a gas shortage?" you probably should have an answer, or at least seem embarrassed that you don't. It's a very simple question. Why does customs data show that we are sending millions of barrels of oil to China? Huh? It's been 24 hours since that briefing. We still don't have an answer and of course, that tells you what's really going on here. This is not a mistake. It's intentional. As if to make that as obvious as possible, over the weekend, Joe Biden's communications staff tweeted this out under his name: "My message to the companies running gas stations and setting prices at the pump is simple: this is a time of war and global peril. Bring down the price you are charging at the pump to reflect the cost you're paying for the product and do it now." What is it like nationalizing the gas stations? So, he's attacking small businesses in the United States. Running a gas station is not a profitable gig. It's not like running Apple or being a private equity baron or doing any of the things that Joe Biden's donors do. It's not like being Nancy Pelosi who somehow got super rich. How did that happen? No, it's a small business. So, he's blaming them as he sells our national assets to our enemies. So, no one with a basic understanding of economics can pretend to justify what that tweet says. It's just too stupid. Even CNN wouldn't swallow it. Watch. HOST: Christine, it's like there's a bad smell in the room and the president is just pointing to the dog. CHRISTINE ROMANS: Yeah. I mean, look, this is a real problem for the White House because people put gas in their car all the time and they're feeling, feeling this pain. They say there's so many factors at play. It's not like you can just lower the price of gas, you know, with waving a magic wand and the president was talking about the people who sell the gas. The 145,000 gas stations are independently owned. They're small businesses, essentially, and they have higher margins on their candy bars that they sell than they do on their gas. Well, exactly and that's literally true. They make more than a Snickers bar on a percentage basis than they do from a gallon of diesel fuel, but we may be blaming the wrong people here. Karine Jean-Pierre, please. She has no idea what's actually going on. She just reads from the binder, barely read whatever. They have to workshop sound bites like "Putin's price hike." All right. They're not making any decisions. The people who are making decisions are former Obama staffers like Brian Deese. He runs the National Economic Council. He's Joe Biden's top economic adviser. You can thank him. We should put his picture on the screen more often. On Thursday, he told us accidentally, maybe what's actually going on, why the Biden administration is deliberately sabotaging the United States by crushing our energy supply for the benefit of China. Watch this. VICTOR BLACKWELL, CNN: Well, what do you say to those families who say, "Listen, we can't afford to pay $4.85 a gallon for months, if not years. This is just not sustainable." BIDEN ADVISOR BRIAN DEESE: Well, what I heard from the president today was a clear articulation of the stakes. This is about the future of the liberal world order and we have to stand firm. Yeah. We've got to stand firm. The liberal world order. How's that working for you, by the way? Is there anybody who is happier because of it except for people like that? No. But they don't care because you will own nothing and be happy. What they didn't tell you was that China will own everything, including our oil supply. Wait till they come from the Great Lakes.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren: Crisis Pregnancy Centers Outnumber Abortion Clinics 3-to-1, And That Has To Stop

Thu, 07/07/2022 - 02:47
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said crisis pregnancy centers wish people harm and need to be stopped: "Here in Massachusetts, these so-called crisis pregnancy centers outnumber genuine abortion clinics by 3-to-1... they are giving it over to people who wish them harm. And that has to stop. We need to put a stop to that in Massachusetts right now."

Reporter to WH's Jean-Pierre: Is There Concern Biden Is Being Overshadowed By Democrats Outspoken On Abortion, Guns?

Thu, 07/07/2022 - 02:13
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked on Wednesday if there is concern that President Biden is being overshadowed by outspoken Democrats such as Gov. Gavin Newson (D-CA) and Gov. J. B. Pritzker (D-IL) on the subjects of abortion and gun control. Q Just one quick other one. Both Governor Pritzker, on guns in the aftermath of the July 4th shooting, and Gavin Newsom, since Dobbs decision, have become arguably more - the most outspoken voices of the Democratic Party on both of these very fragile issues in the country. And I'm sort of wondering: Is there any concern that the President's leadership is being overshadowed at this moment when the - a big part of the American public, including Democrats, that voted for him? MS. JEAN-PIERRE: What was the first part of the question? Q Well, that both Pritzker and Newsom have sort of emerged on guns and on Dobbs, with - in Newsom's case - as the loudest and, you know, most potent voices of the Democratic Party at this point. Where's the President? MS. JEAN-PIERRE: The President has been also very loud and also very focused on those two issues. When it comes to gun reform, the President led on that. One of the reasons that he was able to sign a bipartisan gun reform bill right before he left for G7 and NATO was because of his leadership, was because of him being very committed and being very consistent for more than a year, at least as President, talking about what we needed to do in light of this gun violence epidemic that we are currently in. And let's not forget this President has had the most executive actions on gun reform than any other President at this time. And he not only has led as President this past a year and a half, but also as Vice President and as senator - the very, very first, I would say - argue - the gun reform that we saw, or the last gun reform that we saw was 30 years ago, which this President led, which was on banning assault weapons. And so, you know, 30 years later, he was able to sign a gun reform - a bipartisan gun reform legislation that is now law. Now, with all of that said, the President believes there is more work to be done. He's going to continue to call on more to be done on dealing with this gun violence epidemic. And that does not stop here. And he welcomes - he welcomes other voices in the Democratic Party, and he welcomes other voices in the Republican Party as well to join him in really dealing with an issue that's tearing up communities and families.